In a nutshell: Use this liquorice root to enhance red wine sauces, soups and stews.
Real liquorice is a root with a subtle flavour, very different from the black candies that we grew up with. True liquorice is naturally very sweet. In the West it is used mostly for sweets and desserts, while it is more commonly used to flavour meat dishes in the East. Its flavour has little in common with conventional black liquorice candies, which are often made with star anise extract or artificial flavours. True liquorice is wonderfully sweet with a lingering, delicate flavour that does not overpower. Our Dried Liquorice Root is sliced for convenient use in the kitchen.Dry liquorice is odourless and its flavour is released only when it comes in contact with water.
In Morocco it is a key ingredient in the classic snail dish with aromatic broth that you find in Marrakesh' Djemm el Fna square. You eat a bowl of snails and broth as part of the nightly ritual of eating in the square. In China, liquorice often flavours strong meats such as pork, duck and game. We have found that a pinch of powdered liquorice enhances many red wine sauces.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.